San Jose State vs. Utah - 9/17/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Utah Utes (1-0) at San Jose State Spartans (1-1)
College Football: Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 10:30 pm (Spartan Stadium)
The Line: San Jose State Spartans +11.5 -- Over/Under: 50 See the Latest Odds
TV: CBS Sports Network
The Utah Utes will travel to CEFCU Stadium to take on the San Jose State Spartans this Saturday night in College Football action.
The Utah Utes improved to 2-0 (0-0 Pac-12) on the season after narrowly beating the BYU Cougars, 20-19, this past Saturday. In a tight-fought game, Utah allowed BYU to pull within a point with seconds left in the game, but was able to hold on after the stopped BYU’s attempt to win the game with a two-point conversation. Utah outgained BYU by a 363-328 margin but did struggled with turnovers as they lost the turnover battle by a 6-3 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Utes was LB Sunia Tauteoli who had 6 tackles, 2 INT and a TD. On the season, Utah is averaging 22.0 ppg on 399.5 yards per game (246.0 passing, 153.5 rushing). QB Troy Williams has 3 TD’s & 3 INT on the season while completing 58.6% of his passes and averaging 233.0 yds/ game. The Utes has been using a back field by committee which has been led by Troy McCormick (11.0 att/g, 58.5 yds/game, TD), Joe Williams (11.0 att/game, 37.5 yds/game), and Zack Moss (12.0 att/game, 58.0 yds/game). Tim Patrick has been the biggest threat at the receiver position for Utah as he has 3 TD’s on the season while averaging 82.0 yds/game on 4 rec/game. Defensively, Utah is holding their opponents to an average of 9.5 ppg on 243.0 yards per game (113.5 passing, 129.5 rushing). Utah’s defense has solid job creating 5 turnovers on the young season and have been led by LB Cody Barton (17 tackles) and LB Sunia Tauteoli (13 tackles, 2 INT).
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The San Jose State Spartans improved to 1-1 on the season after defeating the Portland State Vikings 66-35 this past Saturday. San Jose State was outstanding on both sides of the ball as they gained 642 yards of total offense and forced the Vikings into committing 6 turnovers. Leading the way for San Jose State was QB Kenny Potter who completed 14 of 20 passes for 233 yards and 3 TD’s. On the season, San Jose State is averaging 38.0 ppg on 464.5 total yards per game (233.5 passing, 231.0 rushing). QB Kenny Porter has 4 TD’s & 1 INT on the season while completing 62.5% of his passes and averaging 233.5 passing yds/game. Tre Hartley (3.0 rec/game, 63.0 yds/game, TD), Justin Holmes (2.0 rec/game, 56.0 yds/game, TD), and Rahshead Johnson (2 rec/game, 43.0 yds/game, TD) have been the leading receivers for the Spartans. The San Jose State backfield has been led by Deontae Cooper (18.5 att/game, 84.5 yds/game, TD) and Zamore Zigler (8.5 att/game, 58.0 yds/game, 2 TD). Defensively, San Jose State is allowing their opponents to average 40.0 ppg on 485.0 total yards per game (231.5 passing, 253.5 rushing). San Jose State currently has a turnover margin of plus 3 and has been led defensively by DB Andre Chachere (5 tackles, 2 INT) and LB Frank Ginda (21 Tackles).
The Utes are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs Mountain West Conference opponents and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 road games. The Spartans are 19-9 ATS in their last 28 non-conference games and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 vs. Pac-12 opponents.
Utah lost a lot on the offensive end in the offseason in QB Travis Wilson and RB Devonte Booker however, are still in great shape this season as they returned 8 starters on a defense that allowed an average of just 22.3 ppg last season. San Jose State has an experienced QB in Kenny Potter but no longer have the services of Tyler Erwin who helped the Spartans rank 47th in rushing last season. It’s was nice to see San Jose State put up some points in their last game, but this is still a team that struggled putting up points against a weak Tulsa defense and is unproven without Erwin. Utah is inexperienced on the offense end however, as I think their defense will give San Jose State tons of trouble, I think the Utes will be able to cover this double-digit road spread. Take Utah to cover.